There is a new crisis in Tibet with anti-mining protestors under siege from heavily armed Chinese forces. Phayul.com reported on Aug. 18, 2013, Ultimatum issued to anti-mining protestors. Hundreds of Chinese armed forces who have been deployed in Gedrong Zatoe in Eastern Tibet have clashed with local Tibetans. Many Tibetans who were protesting against illegal mining in the area have reportedly been injured in the clashes with the Chinese police.
Kunchok Dhondup, a Tibetan monk who has been living in exile, who has a close contact in the region, has said, “Hundreds of Chinese armed forces yesterday arrived at the three townships of Gedrong Zatoe County and warned the Tibetans to surrender otherwise they will be killed, arrested or subjected to torture." The Chinese security forces fired tear-gas into the crowd resulting in many Tibetans falling into an unconscious state.
Radio Free Asia has also reported that Chinese security forces have cracked down on Tibetan mine protesters. Local sources said several hundred Chinese security forces violently dispersed Tibetan protesters who were blocking mining work in a Tibetan-populated area of China’s Qinghai province on Friday, with dozens injured dozens eight detained. At least 500 armed police carried out the operation at the Atod Yultso and Dzachen Yultso sites, as they fired tear gas on protesters and are said to have intimidated them with threats.